Breaking Bets: Sanchez can fill void left by Giroud in Europe
It was a night Arsenal needed their star men to deliver and Alexis Sanchez delivered in style as the Chilean’s goal sent Arsene Wenger’s men through to the Champions League group stage for the 17th year in succession.
The Gunners are now 20/1 to claim glory in Europe after their exploits at the Emirates Stadium but it is the former Barcelona man who is the subject of our latest Breaking Bet from the trading floor.
The £32m signing is now 6/4 with Ladbrokes to finish as Arsenal’s Top Champions League goalscorer after popping up just before half-time to repay his transfer fee with one swing of his right foot.
It was the Chile international’s first goal for the club, and what an important one it was, with the Gunners holding on to scrape past Besiktas 1-0 on the night and on aggregate.
There could be more to come from the 25-year-old as he gets set for an extended run up front for the north Londoners in the absence of Olivier Giroud.
And Wenger, who has denied speculation liking his side with a host of strikers in the last few days of the transfer window, is adamant his new recruit can fill the void left by the French international after his performance against the Turkish side.
“Can he play in that role for three or four months?” said Wenger in his post-match press conference.
“He can play his whole career at centre-forward. I bought him to play as a striker, not to play only on the flanks.”
With the support of the boss who converted the great Thierry Henry from a decent winger to the man who terrorised Premier League defences through the middle, Ladbrokes customers could do worse than backing Sanchez to be a Euro hotshot for the Gunners this season.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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